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, the family filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the deputy who opened fire on that teenager as he was holding a replica assault rifle. nearly two weeks after andy lopez was shot and killed by a sonoma county sheriff's deputy, a federal lawsuit claims his death was unconstitutional. lopez was carrying a replica of a gun that turned out to be a bb gun. gelhaus shot lopez seven times. the lawsuit claims he was walking with the toy gun and had his back to the deputy who ordered him to drop the weapon. the lawsuit suggests improper training by the department. it reads, "the sheriff's department encourages deputies to prematurely shoot suspects who pose no threat." todayant activist working with the lopez family talked about this. >> the family filed the suit because they feel their son was murdered by sheriff gelhaus. and that, you know, as it will be stated in the documents, it's a wrongful death. >> reporter: this is an unlimited civil claim seeking unspecified damages. the suit comes as the criminal investigation continues. the santa rosa police department is heading up that inquiry
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